Accelerated intermetallic phase amorphization in a Mg-based high-entropy alloy powder

Prince Sharma, Purvam Mehulkumar Gandhi, Kerri Lee Chintersingh, Mirko Schoenitz, Edward L. Dreizin, Sz Chian Liou, Ganesh Balasubramanian

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We describe a novel mechanism for the synthesis of a stable high-entropy alloy powder from an otherwise immiscible Mg-Ti rich metallic mixture by employing high-energy mechanical milling. The presented methodology expedites the synthesis of amorphous alloy powder by strategically injecting entropic disorder through the inclusion of multi-principal elements in the alloy composition. Predictions from first principles and materials theory corroborate the results from microscopic characterizations that reveal a transition of the amorphous phase from a precursor intermetallic structure. This transformation, characterized by the emergence of antisite disorder, lattice expansion, and the presence of nanograin boundaries, signifies a departure from the precursor intermetallic structure. Additionally, this phase transformation is accelerated by the presence of multiple principal elements that induce severe lattice distortion and a higher configurational entropy. The atomic size mismatch of the dissimilar elements present in the alloy produces a stable amorphous phase that resists reverting to an ordered lattice even on annealing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1792-1798
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Magnesium and Alloys
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


  • Amorphous
  • Antisite disorder
  • High-energy milling
  • High-entropy alloy
  • Intermetallic


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